Peter Gunn: Season 1, Episode 6

The Chinese Hangman (27 Oct. 1958)

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A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks ... See full summary »

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Clarence
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Ahben Unesku
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A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks a stool out from under him. The death is ruled a suicide. The giant is an assistant to Ahben Vanesku, a cult leader who hires Peter Gunn to find a female cult member who supposedly embezzled $ 200,000 from the cult. Gunn tracks the beautiful woman to Spain. Written by David Stevens

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Lt. Jacoby: [entering Unesku's house and surprised to see Gunn] Oh, no. I'm gettin' a little tired of this.
Peter Gunn: Maybe, if you got more rest, Lieutenant.
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Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; John Williams, piano; Robert Bain, guitar; Jack Sperling, drums; Rolly Bundock, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes; Richard Nash, Milt Bernhart, trombone; Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo', trumpet; Ted Nash, alto sax; Ronnie Lang, baritone sax; Gene Cipriano, flute.
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Gunn Heads To Europe
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Man is killed and then set up to look like he hanged himself. Peter investigates and seconds later, Jacobi shows up. This happens so often that even Jacobi is spooked about this kind of coincidence. Sometimes it seems the good lieutenant is the only cop in this fictitious city.

Anyway, clues lead Peter to a New Age cult outside of town where a ---- actor does a poor job trying to sound "foreign". Somethat that man actually hires Gunn to go halfway around the world searching for a woman who ripped him off for $2,000.

Pete, a la the movie "Out Of The Past" except the locale is Europe not south of the border, tracks down the lovely "Joanna Lund" (Marion Marshall). He's enamored with her, which is ludicrous when you think of the gorgeous babe, "Edie" (Lola Albright), he has at home. (A Tiger Woods syndrome, I guess).

Peter delivers all kinds of sappy lines that aren't like him (pretty women will do that to men) but then things get serious when bad guy/New Age guru "Ahben Vanesku" (Theodore Marcus, who loves and sounds a lot like Gavin MacLeod) - tracks Peter and Joanna down, Several major twists and turns occur in the final segment, so I'll stop here.

Overall, not bad, and definitely different for a Peter Gunn show. Oh, Buddy Baer as "Clarence" was pretty interesting, too. He liked to go around and strangle people and then make it look a suicide.


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